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    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    Reason #24,256 not to own a business in the U.S.
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    Yesterday, 12:42 PM
    Except it's a budget increase. Most likely a big increase. Just wait.
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    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    Which is why I don't believe it will end until the dollar collapses. That's when the "free money" runs out. Until then it's human nature to follow the path of least resistance.
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    Yesterday, 10:16 AM
    Both parties want to spend more. Republicans want to pay for it by stealing less and magically hoping it will increase tax revenue. Democrats want to pay for it by stealing more and hoping it will magically increase tax revenue.
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    Yesterday, 09:41 AM
    And this is the PROPOSED budget. First it has to get passed. That'll raise it even more. Then reality happens, like a recession that they have not planned for. Or a war. Or the 2018 election cycle. Or a rise in interest rates. That'll raise it A LOT. We could easily hit 5 trillion a year in a couple years.
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    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    Wipe that kool-aid off your chin!
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    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
    I'm disappointed in this forum. I can't believe you guys are falling for this 10 year budget cut crap. Again. It's not a budget "cut". It's the old "decrease" in the "increase" game. And it's not binding in any way. Future congresses can undo it in a second (and they will). And although I haven't seen the budget proposal yet, I can guarantee you it's backloaded. Meaning the bigger cuts are off in the future. This year will probably be an increase and that's all that matters. It's 100% scam and nobody in this thread even mentioned it. Damn.
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    05-23-2017, 09:15 AM
    Maybe the fact that they mistreat their animals is also the reason they mistreat their humans.
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    05-23-2017, 08:38 AM
    I give up...
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    05-23-2017, 08:27 AM
    Earlier you stated that you were not an anarchist. You seem to be contradicting yourself. Don't you think there should be laws against "human" murder? Torture? Even though the enforcement is less than perfect?
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    05-23-2017, 08:19 AM
    No you didn't. You just said they're either property or not. You didn't say WHY. Do you think children and mentally challenged adults should have the same rights as normal adults?
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    05-23-2017, 08:16 AM
    Yeah, Guam is a shining example of libertarianism. Let's copy them. That reminds me of the anarchists I've argued with that talk about how great Somalia is. Try this: Make a list of the countries that allow animal torture and compare them with the ones that don't. See if there's a trend.
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    05-23-2017, 07:58 AM
    Says who? Is this a religious thing? Why can't there be a sliding scale based on intelligence? We don't assign full rights to mentally challenged humans or children. We don't allow them to enter into contracts or drive a car, but they have the right to life and not be tortured.
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    05-22-2017, 04:30 PM
    Are you an anarchist?
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    05-22-2017, 04:29 PM
    But that doesn't really address the main issue of whether it should be illegal to abuse animals. Assuming you're not an anarchist and believe murder should be punished by the state, the question is should any kind of animal abuse be punished by the state? By the way idiotic groups like PETA have really screwed this up with all their protests of eating chickens and stuff like that.
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    05-22-2017, 04:23 PM
    You think blowing a hole in a television set is equal to blowing a hole in a dog? I think part of the problem is that most libertarians (including me) want things to be clean and simple. Because as soon as you get grey areas people use them as an excuse for socialism. But there are still going to be some grey areas. Abortion for example. And I think animal cruelty is another grey area. I'm not saying animals have rights in the normal sense, I don't really know the answer.
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    05-22-2017, 03:09 PM
    I hate all those Hollywood movies where the programmers are in one open, chaotic room. We had a manager who thought that was a great idea, luckily he never implemented that design. There's no way I could work like that. We were a subcontractor to a big defense firm and they had a football sized room with open cubes, 4 people in each cube, low 4 foot walls. 1 person in each corner. I heard stories of new hires quitting the first day when they saw their "office".
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    05-22-2017, 12:49 PM
    But since you're an anarchist, there's no formal way to deal with human torture either correct? Therefore a group of neighbors could decide that some guy torturing his dogs should be beaten. From a rights perspective it seems like there's a flaw somewhere in the logic to classify a pet dog as property the same as a television set.
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    05-22-2017, 12:15 PM
    I vote no and I think it should be illegal. I think the severity of the penalty should be proportional to the intelligence of the species being tortured. Torture a human to death you get life in prison. Torture a dog to death you get 5 years. Something like that.
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    05-17-2017, 04:24 PM
    Madison320 replied to a thread Dow in Economy & Markets
    Wrong. You can't have it both ways. Yes, the market went up because of higher expectations, but that was not a good thing. You can't erase decades of debt and ultra low rates, money printing, etc with "good thoughts". All that did was add air to the bubble. If you really understood the problems you wouldn't be celebrating the rise in the markets, you'd be warning that it's a bubble. Apparently you don't understand how weak our economic situation is.
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    05-17-2017, 02:52 PM
    Madison320 replied to a thread Dow in Economy & Markets
    Yup. "Nasdaq suffers biggest daily drop since June 24, fear gauge soars on Trump worries" http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stock-futures-slide-as-concerns-over-trump-grow-2017-05-17 On the other hand Trump himself has to take the blame, along with many of his supporters, since they took credit when it went up.
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    05-17-2017, 02:42 PM
    Complaints of racism are like complaints of global warming. I'd be more inclined to listen if I didn't have a gun pointed at my head.
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    05-17-2017, 01:57 PM
    Madison320 replied to a thread Dow in Economy & Markets
    This shows you how steady the markets have been over the last 10 months or so. This is less than a 2% drop, but it seems like more. Just imagine if we get a 10% or so total drop in the next couple weeks.
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    05-17-2017, 10:35 AM
    I hate carpet. It's like a stink reservoir. I ripped out my carpet in the florida house also and tiled it and put down area rugs in a few places. I did the same where I live now only I used bamboo. I friend of mine at work finished his concrete block floor somehow. That sounded like a cool idea. I'm into low maintenance.
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    05-17-2017, 10:23 AM
    My block house was built around 1950. Sometime around the mid 1980s the carport was walled off with wood to create a kitchen. I lived there in the mid 90's and the wooden carport kitchen room was having problems with leaking and wood rot. The 40 year old main concrete part of the house was in perfect condition but the 10 year old wood part was falling apart.
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    05-17-2017, 10:04 AM
    What annoys me is that there seems to be a huge gap between tiny houses and "regular" houses. Tiny houses are like 160 sq ft and then the next stop is a 1000 sq ft house and even 1000 sq ft is hard to find. McMansions are way more common than 500-800 sq ft homes. I think a major reason is zoning laws. 1000 sq ft is usually the minimum. My wife and daughter lived in a 900 sq ft concrete block house in florida for 5 years and it was no problem. That's another thing that bugs me about housing. Why is it that only florida builds concrete block homes? They're awesome in my opinion. They last forever, they're hurricane and termite proof and cheap to build.
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    05-17-2017, 09:54 AM
    I lived in a mobile home for about 6 years and I don't think I'd do it again. Everything is cheap and hard to work on. They use 1x2s instead of 2x4s. The drywall is like cardboard. The underside is made of plastic sheeting! I never figured out how to fix that crap underneath without it falling apart after a few months. Duct tape falls off in a few weeks. As far as I can tell the shed I'm looking at uses the same construction as a normal home. The model I'm looking at is specifically sold as a cabin. 2x4s every 16", 2"x6" floor joists, engineered wood exterior panels, etc. I'm nowhere near a construction expert but when I look at these sheds I can visualize how to work on them, they're so simple.
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    05-17-2017, 08:50 AM
    If you guys were going to build a 300-500 sq ft house, what method would you use? Another thing I was thinking about was how much would I have to spend to get the bare minimum just to make it habitable. A sink, a toilet (maybe I could just go outside), a futon, a small fridge, shower, leave the walls unfinished. Except for the winter the weather is pretty moderate in the southern Appalachians. I could get a small window ac unit. I'd feel more confident about the whole project if I didn't have to spend that much money in the beginning. The other option is to go all out, get a loan and get a larger cabin done quickly so I can rent it out. But I'm nervous about doing that. I'd rather have something I can afford, even if I don't rent it out.
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    05-17-2017, 08:47 AM
    I thought about the "trailer style" tiny homes but they look too cramped to me. They're only 8 feet wide. Those space saving gadgets are cool but they look like a pain if they break. Everything is custom. I prefer standard stuff that I can get at Walmart. Also those little houses are very expensive.
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